How Can IBCLCs Support Women of Color?

The first step towards helping women of color who want to breastfeed is to ask them what they need. Though it may seem simple, this step is too often left out of traditional healthcare, explains Pacify provider and IBCLC Tonya Daniel.  

She talks with Chief Clinical Officer Melanie Silverman about why new parents have different infant feeding needs, and how providers can meet them where they are on their journey. 

"Asking families, 'How can we support you in this?'....Specifically with black families, they historically have not had that voice....

Simply put, just asking and being able as a Provider to listen, and to understand where that family is coming from."

Tonya Daniel, IBCLC, LCCE, CD/BDT (DONA)


It's the 9th year of Black Breastfeeding Week. This year, the theme is The Big Pause: Collective Rest For Collective Power.

For more information check out the top five reasons we need a Black Breastfeeding Week.

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